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Spiritual Warfare Intro: Part I of IV

October 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Warfare

Dear Father John, I have been working on my prayer life consistently for a few years. During this time I have been on retreats and other similar activities. I have noticed a strange pattern: the conservative groups I have had contact with talk a lot about spiritual warfare, but the less traditionalist groups don’t. Until now, I haven’t paid much attention to the discrepancy. But lately I was wondering if maybe I should look... Read More

The second most important thing…

October 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

The Second Most Important Thing… Let’s face it; life is fast-paced. We never have enough time to do everything we want to. We rush around from commitment to commitment and still can’t squeeze everything in – especially something like prayer, which is not only difficult and demanding, but its results are most often intangible. So, if you’ve decided to run the adventure of your life on its proper fuel (prayer),... Read More

The fruits of my meditation are not clear – What should I do?

October 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Meditation, Prayer

Dear Father John, I have a question about preparing for meditation. I have been deeply blessed by the insight you and have provided with respect to meditation recently. I wonder if what I am seeking as a fruit of meditation is too lofty. Why? Because it doesn’t change day to day and I don’t perceive that I am making much progress. Is it normal to seek the same fruit for weeks at a time or longer? In this case, essentially,... Read More

New Version of the Liturgy of the Hours – Mundelein Psalter

October 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Resources

There is a New Version of the Liturgy of the Hours … and it's known as The Mundelein Psalter For those of you who love the Liturgy of the Hours but prefer more traditional forms and chant, the Mundelein Psalter is a beautiful work. Here are a few of the details about it: Translations of hymns proper to each ferial day and a selection of hymns for feasts and solemnities (taken from the editio typica). Music with the ancient... Read More

Pray – Make a decision…

October 16, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Make a Decision… Make a Decision! Decide. You’ve got to decide. Once and for all. If you don’t decide, really make a firm, specific, concrete decision to build your life on the earthquake-resistant foundation of prayer, then your life won’t be earthquake resistant. If God matters to you, then you will spend time with him – that’s prayer. If he doesn’t matter to you, you won’t spend time with him. Those are... Read More

Jesus walks away… What would you do? What will you do?

October 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Prayer

My reading in the gospel this morning made me laugh (Luke 5:12-16). Here’s the breakdown. Jesus heals – Jesus tells the healed to not tell anyone – the word gets out anyway – a crowd gathers – Jesus leaves to pray! I can just imagine a dumbfounded group of people, particularly the disciples, saying “Hey, where are you going!? There is a crowd of people here – tell them who you are and why you... Read More

I am new to spiritual direction and need some perspective…

October 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction, The Process

Spiritual Directors

Dear Father John, I am new to spiritual direction. After asking a newly ordained priest if he would be my spiritual director, he graciously accepted…thanks be to God. We have met several times over the past eight months, however, at our last meeting he caught me off guard. It had been four months since our previous meeting (due to his transfer to a new assignment). In reviewing our last meeting, I probably walked in some... Read More